With marble pillars of the Ionic tradition, brilliant white upon powder blue painting, and even a temple-style portico positioned above the front entrance, this handsome San Francisco property exudes historic glamour before one even walks in.
And, importantly, it’s an authentic display of heritage; 2698 Pacific Avenue, located within the city’s uber-exclusive Pacific Heights, was first built in 1906 and is a handsome display of San Francisco’s brilliant turn-of-the-century architecture that draws as much on contemporary European fashions as it does upon the grand American mansions of both the West and East Coasts.
Yet the recent renovation of 2017 has given the property a long-overdue update, resulting in a home that combines the majesty of the city’s architectural heritage with modern living.
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“This home is incredibly unique,” said listing agent Nina Hatvany of Team Hatvany at Compass in San Francisco. “It retains many of the original, glamorous period details — such as wood paneling, beamed ceilings and wrought-iron balusters on the main staircase — envisioned by the famed Bay Area architecture firm of Newsom & Newsom. But it underwent an extensive seismic upgrade and a thorough renovation on all four floors so it also enjoys every modern amenity.”
Coming in at almost 11,000 sq ft, the four-story house features eight bedrooms, six and two-half bathrooms, and plenty of amenities that render the San Francisco property perfect for families; we like the generous space opportunities, which include several living spaces scattered across the floors, the notably large dining room, a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast area, and even a library.
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Paneled double doors welcome guests into the house, who are then greeted by the grand staircase and stained-glass skylight that characterize the wood-paneled foyer. The living room is to the left and flows seamlessly into the dining room.
Both spaces maintain the period’s style of window, for which the property is all the more attractive; perhaps the only thing more sublime than a sunlit room is one in which it comes in from a beautiful window. In this case, the circular window bay is pure Pacific Heights charm.
In fact, light is something utilized across the whole San Francisco property. Combined with the subtle modern touches throughout, the carefully planned placement of windows, decks and balconies prevents the house from ever feeling too dark, a common issue with period properties of this scope.
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It also allows the owners to take full advantage of the glorious vistas presented by the property’s position within the city. Both Alcatraz and the bay are in full view of the house; the latter even serves as inspiration for the custom ceiling mural by Willem Racke Studio in the primary suite, which is positioned on the third floor, along with three other bedrooms.
Three more bedrooms, plus a wine cellar and a family room, are located on the first floor. As for the fourth floor, which boasts a glorious patio and space right under the skylight, the copious space between the two bedrooms renders it a perfect floor for teenagers and guests alike.